5 Ways Karma From Your Past Lives Affects You Today
Karma is the memory of our souls, which means it's often long-standing, even stemming from prior lives. Indeed, the course of our current life is mostly predetermined by earlier lifetimes: What we didn't finish then, we come back to finish now.
Unpleasant situations are the consequence of lingering karma, which can always be reversed and resolved. If you want to erase the energy carried over from former lifetimes, you need to acknowledge these five properties of past-life karma first:
1. Karma has no expiration date.
Karma is the luggage your soul carries on its trip from life to life. Unfortunately, unlike luggage at the airport, this particular baggage never gets lost, which means you're stuck with it until you open it up and sort through its ancient contents. Without even knowing it, you may be experiencing karma that originated several lifetimes ago.
But when you do dig through your karmic suitcase, then finally, you can confront your outstanding karma and lighten your energetic load.
2. Karma means that no person in your life is a coincidence.
Karma places everyone into your life for a reason, and karmic relationships will play out as planned despite your best efforts.
That's why it's important to acknowledge the role of each person in your life: Why are they there? What have they come to teach you and vice versa? What is the karma you're meant to experience with this person? The sooner you acknowledge the truth of the karma you share with someone (whether it's good or bad), the sooner you can settle it.
3. According to karma, what you have done, you become.
Thanks to the media, we often think of karma as "what goes around comes around." But the reality of karma is more expansive than just being "punished" for our bad deeds—positive karma exists just as much as negative karma. If you stole, others will steal from you in following lives. If you nourished, you will be nourished.
Your actions throughout your various lifetimes become the circumstances of your being, so do your best to live this life authentically and truthfully.
4. Karma can make our roles reverse.
One of the most fascinating facts about karma is that it often causes us to reincarnate in a reversed manner. This means that your parent may have actually been your child in a former life. Then, before reincarnating in this lifetime, the souls agreed to take on the opposite act. Souls switch genders, too. Positions shift throughout lifetimes based on karmic need; whatever dynamic is needed to repair or heal karma will be manifested through changing roles in our cycle of lives on earth. The people you know now may have had a very different impact on your previous lives!
5. Karma repeats to produce new results.
There's a greater reason that karma repeats itself, and it's not to cause you pain. Instead, it's to teach you to take different actions for different results. If you're attracting the same type of partners into your life over and over again, it's time to stop and inspect your choices: Why do similar people keep coming in? What should you be doing differently?
This calls for honest introspection and evaluation of your own faults and weaknesses, which is admittedly hard to do. Don't be afraid to look within. Recognize what must be changed inside of you so as to change what's outside of you. Then, you can modify your behavior to end karmic patterns and progress in your potential.
Past-life karma is resoundingly present in your current life. Mustering up the courage to open your karmic suitcase today can change your destiny for lifetimes to come.
Carmen Harra, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, intuitive counselor, and author of seven books, including The Karma Queens’ Guide to Relationships and the bestselling Everyday Karma. She's been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, The Hollywood Reporter, Vogue, New York Magazine, US Weekly, V Magazine, Elle Magazine, and many more. She has been a guest on shows such as Good Morning America, Good Day New York, and The View, among others.